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On the 12th March I sent out a maintainer ping to 191 possibly
inactive Debian developers.  The list of developers was generated by
looking first at all maintainers who didn't have a source package
signed by (one of) their key(s) in unstable and then excluding from
that anyone who had been seen (with a signed message) by echelon in
the last 6 months.

Of the 191 pings were sent out:
 o 34 people's ping bounced[1].
 o 28 people replied asking to be retired.
 o 29 people replied with various different responses.
 o 10 people replied who were active.
 o 90 people didn't reply within the 2 month deadline[2].

So to actually do anything about these MIA folks, some decisions had
to be made about what to do with them WRT LDAP, their accounts etc.

There will be 4 states for any given account in LDAP:

 o [default]
 o Emeritus
 o Disabled
 o Memorial

The [default] state is what the majority of accounts will be in; I
don't want to call it 'active' because that would be misleading.

The 'emeritus' state is for people who voluntarily retire.  Their
accounts are locked and their keys are moved to a separate keyring.
Their email will continue to work for 6 months[a].  They lose vote,
upload and -private reading privileges.

The 'disabled' state is for people who don't respond to maintainer
pings, their email bounces, or whatever - basically someone who's MIA.
Things are the same as 'emeritus', except their email won't continue
to work.  After a year in this state the accounts will be purged[b] and
will be available for reuse.

People in 'emeritus' or even 'disabled' can come back at anytime
without going through new-maintainer; provided they can prove they
control the key(s) associated with the account.

The 'memorial' is a special state used for accounts that are disabled
but which we don't want reused to avoid confusion (at best), e.g. with
developers who've passed away.

So, the 34 people who's email bounced and 90 people who didn't reply
will have their account set to the 'disabled' status.  The 28 people
who asked to be retired will be set to 'emeritus'.  If you know how to
reach any of the people listed in [1] and [2] below, please feel free
to contact them and get them to reply to wat@debian.org.

Finally, this is only the start of what will hopefully be an ongoing
process; further pings based on other criteria are planned and also
the results of Martin's MIA work will be acted on.

- -- 


[a] This is an arbitrarily chosen compromise.  Whenever I've discussed
    this, there are various opinions on what should continue to work
    when you retire and for how long.  It'd be possible to leave both
    email, shell and web working indefinitely but if people aren't
    active in Debian (and let's face it, it doesn't take much effort
    to be considered active) I don't see why they should continue to
    use what are essentially Debian perks indefinitely.  On the other
    hand, I can see why people would want their email to continue to
    work (at least, for a period of time) so they could transition to
    a new address (especially if they use their Debian address in the
    work as the upstream maintainer of a package, for example).

[b] Any files associated with the account will be either removed or
    moved to some holding area.



Mail bounces
- ------------

Anthony C. Zboralski <acz@debian.org>
Boris D. Beletsky <borik@debian.org>
Brian Ermovick <talon@debian.org>
Chris Reed <cr212@debian.org>
Christian Lynbech <lynbech@debian.org>
Dale James Thompson <tdale@debian.org>
Daniel Stringfield <servo@debian.org>
Dave Cole <dcole@debian.org>
Erick Kinnee <cerb@debian.org>
Graydon Hoare <gray@debian.org>
Guido Witmond <guido@debian.org>
Helmut Geyer <helmut@debian.org>
Holger Eitzenberger <octavian@debian.org>
Ian Setford <ians@debian.org>
Ioannis Tambouras <ioannis@debian.org>
Jens Scheidtmann <grimaldi@debian.org>
John Travers <jtravs@debian.org>
Jonathon Ross <jonathon@debian.org>
Jorg Schuler <jcs@debian.org>
Justin Burket <zorton@debian.org>
Kevin Poorman <ewigin@debian.org>
Marco Budde <budde@debian.org>
Martin Soto <masoto@debian.org>
Nick Cropper <nic@debian.org>
Nikhil Nair <nnair@debian.org>
Paul J. Thompson <thomppj@debian.org>
Peter Irannelli <peter@debian.org>
Peter Tobias <tobias@debian.org>
Randall Scott Loomis <rsl@debian.org>
Richard G. Roberto <richr@debian.org>
Soenke Lange <soenke@debian.org>
Taylor C. Carpenter <taylor@debian.org>
Tim Cutts <tjrc1@debian.org>
Tommi Leino <namhas@debian.org>



No reply
- --------

Alexander Koch <efraim@debian.org>
Alexander Shinn <foof@debian.org>
Alexander Yukhimets <alexy@debian.org>
Alistair Cunningham <ac212@debian.org>
Allan Anderson <cerebus@debian.org>
Anders Chrigstrom <ac@debian.org>
Andrew Feinberg <agf@debian.org>
Ben J. Ciaccio <ciaccio@debian.org>
Benedikt Eric Heinen <beh@debian.org>
Bill Geddes <geddes@debian.org>
Bjorn Brenander <bjorn@debian.org>
Christopher F. Miller <cfm@debian.org>
Chuck Thomas <chomsky@debian.org>
Claus Wickinghoff <claus@debian.org>
Clay Crouch <danno@debian.org>
Craig Brozefsky <craig@debian.org>
Darren Benham <gecko@debian.org>
Darren Stalder <torin@debian.org>
Dave Tolson <moda@debian.org>
Ed Petron <epetron@debian.org>
Edward C. Lang <edlang@debian.org>
Francois Menard <fmenard@debian.org>
Frank Belew <frb@debian.org>
Frank Neumann <neumann@debian.org>
Gene McCulley <mcculley@debian.org>
Giuliano Procida <myxie@debian.org>
Goran Andersson <goran@debian.org>
Gordon Matzigkeit <gord@debian.org>
Gordon Russell <gor@debian.org>
Grant R. Bowman <grant@debian.org>
Greg Olszewski <noop@debian.org>
Gregory Stark <stark@debian.org>
Igor Grobman <igor@debian.org>
Ivan Stojic <ivans@debian.org>
Jakob Borg <jakob@debian.org>
James Antill <james@debian.org>
James Bielman <jamesjb@debian.org>
Jay Kominek <jkominek@debian.org>
Jean Pierre LeJacq <jplejacq@debian.org>
John D. Thomlinson <jthom@debian.org>
John Job Bogan <job@debian.org>
Jonathan K. Rabone <jkr@debian.org>
Joost Kooij <joost@debian.org>
Joost Witteveen <joostje@debian.org>
Juergen Menden <menden@debian.org>
Justin Maurer <justin@debian.org>
Justin Penney <jpenney@debian.org>
Karl Bartel <karlb@debian.org>
Kevin Donnelly <kdonn@debian.org>
Klaus Kettner <kk@debian.org>
Klee Dienes <klee@debian.org>
Larry Daffy Daffner <vizzie@debian.org>
Lawrence Chim <ychim@debian.org>
Leon Breedt <ljb@debian.org>
Lincoln Myers <lincoln@debian.org>
Luis Francisco Gonzalez <luisgh@debian.org>
Mark Mickan <mmickan@debian.org>
Mark Triggs <mrbump@debian.org>
Martijn van de Streek <martijn@debian.org>
Matt Porter <porter@debian.org>
Matthew Schlegel <tas@debian.org>
Michael A. Miller <mmiller@debian.org>
Michael Shields <shields@debian.org>
Mike Borella <borella@debian.org>
Mike Goldman <whig@debian.org>
Mikolaj J. Habryn <dichro@debian.org>
Nathan Myers <ncm@debian.org>
Neil A. Rubin <nrubin@debian.org>
Ole Jorgen Tetlie <olet@debian.org>
Owen S. Dunn <osd@debian.org>
Pavel Tcholakov <pavel@debian.org>
Petr Spatka <spatka@debian.org>
R. Garth Wood <rgwood@debian.org>
Rafael Kitover <caelum@debian.org>
Richard Jones <jones@debian.org>
Robert Edmonds <edmonds@debian.org>
Robert Resendes <resendes@debian.org>
Roberto Moreda <moreda@debian.org>
Scott Hanson <shanson@debian.org>
Skuli Davidsson <skuli@debian.org>
Stefan Cars <flashz@debian.org>
Steve Dobson <dobbo@debian.org>
Sylvain de Crom <sysv@debian.org>
Ted Whalen <tew@debian.org>
Thierry Bourrillon <tbourrillon@debian.org>
Tom Lees <tom@debian.org>
Tor Slettnes <tor@debian.org>
Ueyama Rui <rui@debian.org>
Ulf Jaenicke-Roessler <ujr@debian.org>
Vaidhyanathan Mayilrangam <vaidhy@debian.org>

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